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SGPS Presents the Scholarship Beyond Boundaries Conference

February 29 @ 8:30 am - March 1 @ 2:00 pm


A boundary is a border, a line, a division that not only separates but also gives shape and definition. Boundaries can be enabling, they can give a sense of knowing, of comfort and of identity. Staying within boundaries, however, can mean that you are unaware of possibilities that lie beyond them, potential new ways in which to be and think. Boundaries are complicated, filled with power dynamics and issues of inclusion and exclusion. Therefore, exploring the possibilities, discomforts, and ideas beyond the boundaries within which we have come to understand ourselves, our work and our ways of thinking can be exhilarating, terrifying and, for scholars, necessary.

As graduate and professional students, it is imperative that we network beyond the bounded circles and lines of thought to which we have become so accustomed, the boundaries of our disciplinary lenses, or our defined areas of geographical focus. How do those working in different disciplines see the same subject? To borrow from Jennifer Robinson (2015), how can we “think through elsewhere?” We suggest that one way is to provide spaces that are germane to the sharing and the generation of new ideas.

To this end, the Society of Graduate and Professional Students (SGPS) at Queen’s University is excited to call for panel proposals for the conference Scholarship Beyond Boundaries happening on the Queen’s University campus in Kingston, Ontario from February 29 until March 1. As alluded to above, this conference aims to facilitate conversations between scholars of different disciplines through multidisciplinary and/or multi-spatial panels. By making participants aware of alternate literature or considering their work from different perspectives/places these panel discussions have the potential to strengthen lines of inquiry and inspire new ones. As such, presenters are encouraged to collaborate prior to the conference by sharing their papers and ideas, in turn providing constructive feedback on their fellow panelists’ work.


February 29 @ 8:30 am
March 1 @ 2:00 pm


Rose Innovation Hub
Mitchell Hall, Queen's University, 69 Union St W
Kingston, Ontario K7L 2N9 Canada